Or how to look like Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Sienna Miller and co.
Mixing vintage with high-street clothing is the key to being trendy without looking too try-hard, just ask Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller and Kate Moss.
But vintage shopping isn’t easy, you can easily spend hours in a store and walk out with nothing – which is why online shopping is the answer. We’ve rounded up the best online vintage clothing stores for you, whether you’re after designer handbags to invest in, like a vintage Chanel 2.55 bag, or the perfect retro band t-shirt.
ASOS Marketplace is a great place to start, with its offering of vintage boutiques, individual designers and independent labels. All pieces are modelled by real people, they call it ‘the people’s runway’, so you know exactly what you’re getting. The Marketplace blog is a great source of style inspiration, too. Bravo, ASOS.
You are very safe in Stella’s hands. Having worked at Levi’s, Marks & Spencer, Topshop and own a stall at Portobello Market (Kate Moss and Stella McCartney were regulars, FYI), she set up The Stellar Boutique. It’s bursting with one-off gems from designers and artists from all over the world. Warning: you will lose hours of your life pouring over Stella’s cleverly curated collections.
Set up in 2006, It’s Vintage Darling is a fabulous site where each item – we’re talking everything from shoes and designer dresses to homeware – is handpicked by the dedicated staff – personal shopping at its best.
4. Beyond Retro
You’ve probably already heard of Beyond Retro. And for good reason. What started off in an old, disused dairy factory in East London, has grown so much that now they have shops in Brick Lane, Dalston, Soho, Brighton, and even Sweden. In store, they pride themselves on providing an ‘enchanting and unexpected shopping experience’, and the online offerings are just as dreamy.
With clothes for men, women and children from the 20s to 80s, Rokit is a veritable treasure trove of vintage and retro gems. The site is so easy to use with a search-by-era tool that we just love.
Focusing on strictly the most glamorous vintage finds, Love Miss Daisy is crammed full of beautiful dresses and accessories. It even has a must-see vintage wedding dress section that we got very distracted by when writing this feature.
7. Retro Daisy
Shar, a life-long admirer of all things Marilyn Monroe, founded Retro Daisy to satisfy her craving for vintage glamour. A real labour of love, the Retro Daisy site has a very personal feel and is filled with bombshell pieces from the 40s, 50s and 60s.
A vintage-hunter’s idea of heaven, this shop curates vintage clothes, fine art, furniture and jewellery from across Europe and America. Mainly aimed at those with bigger budget.
A London-based, super-luxe online vintage store, specialising in rare finds specifically from the 70s to 90s. Think vintage Yves Saint Laurent cardigans and Americana print Versace shirts.
Farfetch brings together boutiques from all over the world, including the best vintage stores. Head straight for the ‘Vintage’ section and a few carefully selected filters will lead you to your dream Prada bag, YSL sunnies or Balenciaga dress.
Granted, not everything is vintage on Vestiaire, as you can buy anything from last season’s designer items to 60s Chanel, but it’s still one of your favourite destinations for online vintage shopping. Every designer item is quality controlled too so you know it’s authentic and in a good state.
Now, that’s a whole lot of vintage.
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